The troubled NBA star was arrested in 1997 for solicitation of a prostitute in Las Vegas, and wife Khloe Kardashian has been unaware of the Sin City incident, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
In 1997, Odom had moved to Las Vegas to play basketball for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. While out with a friend that summer, “Lamar approached a woman he believed to be a prostitute,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Radar.
“When Lamar solicited her for sex, he was immediately arrested because the woman was actually an undercover cop, and was conducting a sting in the area. He used bad judgment, and was only goofing around with his friend. Lamar was 17 at the time, and was trying to show off for his friends.”
The case was ultimately dismissed and Odom paid a small fine. He never played basketball for UNLV after Sports Illustrated raised questions about the validity of his ACT scores. UNLV released Odom from his scholarship in the wake of the testing scandal, and he refused to ever address it.
Sources tell Radar that Khloe “has been absolutely unaware of the prostitution arrest. Lamar never felt the need to tell her because it happened so long ago, and he was acting like a punky stupid teenager. Khloe has put Lamar on a pedestal during their marriage, and he didn’t want her to ever know about it.”
Odom’s latest arrest came Friday morning, when he was picked up on suspicion of DUI.
The allegedly drug-troubled 33-year-old NBA player — who has beendealing with addiction issues and a troubled marriage with his reality TV star wife Khloe — was busted in the early morning hours of Aug. 30 for allegedly driving under the influence, and then refusing chemical tests once in custody.
Calls seeking comment to Odom’s camp weren’t immediately returned.